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Sidecar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sidecarrestaurant.ca
  • Phone: (416) 536-7000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathurst St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Sidecar
Sidecar Bar and Grill emphasizes simple preparation with fresh ingredients and uncomplicated presentations. A small menu helps to ensure freshness and expedite service, elevating the overall dining experience while maintaining a focus on value. Sidecar succeeds in combining a high level of food and service.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "I guess that Sidecar has been around for quite a time, but not actually living in T.O., I'm not on top of the whole restaurant scene. But for us, this first occasion at Sidecar was a delight in every sense. The food, across all courses, was great, subtly creative and very much more accessibly priced than most spots that we have been to recently. The service was simply perfect - cordial, attentive, unobtrusive and insightful. Our group of four were unanimous in our appreciation and enjoyment. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were 4 on a Sunday having dinner at Sidecar. We really enjoyed it and the service was impeccable. There was a mix up with the bottle of wine and they did not make a fuss and settle the problem right away. That is what I would call an intelligent and customer service oriented. For sure, we will go back there. Personnaly, it was my 4th time and it was the same very good experience every time. That is rare in Toronto."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I found the door greeter officious and humourless. They took our coats and my earring flung out of me ear. He did not even make a gesture to help me find it. Everything else was great, that guy total downer."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My dad and I went to Sidecar just to have a nice dinner and catch up, and it was perfect. The food, service, and ambiance was all excellent. My dad wears hearing aids so sometimes very noisy places are uncomfortable for him, but the noise level was great. The place was almost full (which is impressive for a Tuesday night in Toronto), but we didn't have to raise our voices to talk. My pops has experienced his fair share of great restaurants and also loved Sidecar."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dining here on several occasions. The prix fixe menu and wine are very good value."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Love this place. Food is amazingly fresh and so tasty. Service is pleasant not over bearing or pretencious. Ordered Shrimp tempura Papardalle Gnocci Really enjoyed it..Will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Among all the Italian restaurants on College, Sidecar stands out with great food, great service, and some amazing cocktails!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was our 3rd visit in two years and every time we are impressed by the service and enjoy the food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great food. Olives. A beet salad, butternut squash risotto. All really yummy. Great service. Great wine list. Had a delicious mojito to boot. Highly recommend Sidecar."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good, attentive service. No complaints........the Montreal bread is amazing!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Excellent food while affordable. The ambiance music was of great selection, plus not overly loud. Happy to see that they can understand sharing; our appetizer came in 2 plates and was delicious. Fresh basil in the buffalo mozzarella was truly appreciated. My grilled chicken was perfectly cooked and the skin tasted fabulous. Portions are very generous (though I would prefer if all restaurants reduced their portions). Guests were of all ages. We will go back for sure next time we are in Toronto. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Previous experience was in Summer on the patio which is lovely. The excellent food and service brought us back in Wintertime but the noise level was too high and the lighting was too low so we will not return to this restaurant until warmer weather allows us to sit on the patio. Also, we were not warned that our reserved table was on the second floor and climbing the stairs was a bit of an issue."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Have been coming here for years and every time are thrilled with the fabulous food and very professional service. Have had steak frites all over the world and Sidecar still is the best . Delicious food at reasonable prices! Casey and your team- we love you!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first time at the restaurant & our ONLY complaint was that the servings were realy too small. Main courses were more appetizer-size, but the food was excellent, wine was lovely & the service was very very good. Overall a great evening & we will be back (our poor server...)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The steak frites was excellent. The service was good. I would, nay I will, go back. I had no complaints."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner at Sidecar. Couldn't have been better."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The two of us enjoyed an early 5:30 dinner on Sunday. The restaurant was quiet, and we had the place to ourselves for about an hour before other diners arrived. The decor is simple and unpretentious. My husband enjoyed the flavourful mushroom soup and loved the crispy oven roasted chicken. He'll be back for that! I liked the romaine hearts salad and savoured the steak frites. The sirloin was extremely tender. Tiramisu for dessert was the perfect ending. The portion sizes were just right. Our server was attentive without hovering. This is our second dinner at Sidecar in the last six months -- it won't be our last."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I've only been here twice in one year, but I rave about Sidecar! I am a cook in a small hotel kitchen and I tell all my colleagues to come here. I really appreciate what Sidecar strives to do with its menu. I really enjoy the ambiance, the service is impeccable and the food speaks for itself. The [free] Irish dill soda bread alone I would go there for!! Cocktails, cuisine and great company! Such a wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Exceptional food, great service - very knowledgeable. Depending on what was ordered, sometimes the server presents interesting info about the food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about this place. I've been a couple of times and I'll go back a couple more."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "A great experience however might recommend that you request a table in the back. The tables tend to be pretty close together in general but the areas in the front get drafts of wind coming in."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "...the restaurant is full on one of the coldest days of the year and it is a tuesday. I've been here a few times and i am always satisfied: great food, great staff, comfortable ambience."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I've been going to Sidecar on and off for the last 3 years and my most recent experience did not disappoint. The food exceeded my expectations based on previous visits and the cocktails were top notch at usual. If I had to complain about anything it would be that the restaurant wasn't very full. This could have something to do with the fact that I was almost an hour late for my 8pm reservation or the fact that it was a Monday, but I would like to see this restaurant a lot more busy. Brandon"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Didn't disappoint! Great all around. Service was exceptional, as was the food."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Great meal and service. They were a bit busy so service was a bit slow, but very friendly and knowledgable server."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I found this place on a Google search and after seeing the menu we had to go! No regrets! The duck confit gnocchi and the butternut squash risotto were amazing. Excellent service as well. Looking forward to another visit."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I decided to have my birthday dinner at Sidecar and loved it. My friends and I all picked steak from their prix frix menu and loved it! The dessert was alright but everything else was very delicious especially for such an amazing price. The staff was pleasant and the restaurant was quiet. I will definitely go here again especially for a date night!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We had dinner with friends we haven't seen in some time. It was great to catch up with good food and wine. Service was attentive but not hovering. A wonderful evening."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Very nice decor on the inside; very warm and inviting. The service at Sidecar was very good with attention to all the details. Table/silverware/plates were all clean (important!). Waitress was friendly and was very attentive during our meal. The bartender was fast with orders and personally brought everything out that he made and made sure the cocktails were mixed to our liking. The food here is excellent. They make a point on the menu that everything is made in house: from the bread on the table, sauces, to the dessert. All our apps and entrees were delicious. Very nice inside and is most reasonably priced for the ambience, food quality and service. I couldn’t find a fault."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent but way too salty! Portions were good. Good value for money. Very noisy but fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Goes without saying Toronto offers much in the way of good (and bad) eating, it often takes a lot to stand out from the crowd, Sidecar achieves this and more. JYB and I have been coming here since she "discovered" Sidecar this past summer. We almost always come in for the prix fixe accompanied by some amazing cocktails. The steak is always cooked to perfection and the cocktails are crafted with expertise. We often ask for tips in making our home creations better and the staff is always happy to oblige. Very friendly and warm place, we will be back, a lot."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "The prix fixe is a great deal and the service was over the top ! Although I wasn't planning to have the prix fixe and ordered a salad not on the prix fixe, at the end of dinner a desert arrived for me and was told they were just going to charge it all up as a prix fixe. The manager showed up with some complimentary after dinner drinks which were amazing. To top the experience off this is an honest restaurant. My friend and I were going to split the bill 50/50. Accidentally they charged my card100% and my friend's card the correct 50%. I didn't notice and would have just gone home leaving what would have been a very healthy tip. However, the manager caught us before we left, was hugely apologetic and corrected the error."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Very nice place to dine, definitely recommend the food and the prix fix (very well put together and great value). Lovely back patio for the summer (romantic, if you will). Staff if friendly, helpfull and professional. Definitely a cool place to hang out with your significant other or friends, though I most recently had a business dinner there and it also went well."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Sidecar's prix fixe has to be one of the best deals in the city. $25 for three excellent courses and $25 for a decent bottle of wine -- one feels almost guilty, but it puts the crowd sanctioned larceny of so many places into perspective. They can cook a steak medium/ medium rare/ or " just a smidgin over rare, please." We have eaten here regularly and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Eventhough the reviews were very good I only had average expectations which Sidecar surpassed in every way. I had a great meal, a great cocktail and very good service. They have a fixed priced menu sun-thur for $25 which I took advantage of. I started with a delicious ceasar salad, followed by steak frites cooked perfectly and a very good tiramisu. My lady had perfectly cooked crispy chicken. Very good food, very good value."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed the dinner very much. Service was great, very friendly. Food was well displayed and yummy. Definitely recommended."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Can't keep myself from ordering the risotto. They do it so so well!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. I have 4 food allergies and I'm celiac. I had no issue ordering, and more importantly, no reactions! My sister in law is vegan and they were able to accommodate her. All 7 of us loved our food and left satisfied with the portions."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Sidecar was very nice. Went with a group of four - two ordered the steak/frites which were both cooked perfectly (one med rare, one med well), one ordered the side rib and oyster mushroom papardelle, which was quite great, and one ordered the butternut squash risotto...which was the lemon of the evening. Overly sweet, in a slightly off putting way, it was interesting upon first bite, bit difficult to get through the whole thing. Too bad really, the ambiance is very nice, the service was just fine (though there were almost no other tables because we were early on our way to a show), the rest of the food was very well done, and the prices were extremely reasonable for what you got. Overall I recommend...just skip the risotto."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Sidecar is consistently a winner. Wonderful food, always delicious, impecable servic in a relaxd pleasant environment. Have recommended it to friends who have enjoyed it and returned. This time we brought our own wine. We will definitel return often and look forward to dining on the patio. Happy new year."
    Dined on 12/28/2013